Twitch and Discord speak out after being used in US massacre

The weekend in the US was marked by scenes of violence. On Saturday (14), an 18-year-old man attacked a supermarket in the city of Buffalo, in the state of New York, leaving ten dead and three injured. The crime was broadcast live by the aggressor himself on Twitch. The first information shows that the plans for the action were shared in the discord. Now, the two companies have commented on the episode.

Twitch mobile app (Image: Caspar Camille Rubin/Unsplash)
Twitch mobile app (Image: Caspar Camille Rubin/Unsplash)

In a note sent to the news channel CNN, Twitch claims to have identified and removed the stream in less than two minutes. to the newspaper The New York Timesthe company stated:

“Twitch has a zero-tolerance policy against any type of violence and works quickly to respond to all incidents. The user has been suspended indefinitely from our services. We are taking all appropriate steps, including being alert to any accounts that are rebroadcasting this content.”

THE CNN had access to a snippet of the broadcast made on Twitch. The video takes the gunman’s point of view and shows him parking his car in the supermarket parking lot.

Discord promises to help

Discord said it was investigating the posts made by the gunman. He reportedly detailed his plans for the attack days before the episode on a private server on the network. The platform added:

“We extend our deepest condolences to the victims and their families. We will do everything we can to help authorities with the investigation.”

The shooter reportedly left a 180-page document on the internet with a kind of manifesto. He describes himself as a fascist, white supremacist and anti-Semitic.

The text also points out that the location of the attack was chosen because it is a postcode with a mostly black population. The attacker lives a three-and-a-half-hour drive from the city of Buffalo. Of the 13 victims of the attack, 11 are black.

In the manifesto, he says he found the motivation for the attacks on the internet, mentioning 4chan and Discord.

Other attacks were broadcast

It is not the first time that a shooter has taken to the internet to broadcast his actions live.

In October 2019, a gunman used Twitch to show his bombing of a synagogue in Germany. About 2,200 people watched the video until it was taken off the air.

Other platforms were also used for this purpose. In March 2019, an attack on mosques in New Zealand was broadcast on Facebook. The attack left 51 dead.

With information: CNN, Eurogamer, IGN.

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